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Are workers motivated by the greater good?

Mirco Tonin

IZA World of Labor, 2020, No 138v2, 138

Abstract: Employees are more willing to work and put effort in for an employer that genuinely promotes the greater good. Some are also willing to give up part of their compensation to contribute to a social cause they share. Being able to attract a motivated workforce is particularly important for the public sector, where performance is usually more difficult to measure, but this goal remains elusive. Paying people more or underlining the career opportunities (as opposed to the social aspects) associated with public sector jobs is instrumental in attracting a more productive workforce, while a proper selection process may mitigate the negative impact on intrinsic motivation.

Keywords: corporate philanthropy; employee motivation; public sector; recruitment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D64 H83 J28 J32 J45 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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